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LeBron James says he wants to own NBA team in Las Vegas

Lakers star LeBron James in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NV- OCTOBER 10: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers arrives to the arena prior to the pre-season game against the Golden State Warriors on October 10, 2018 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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LeBron James wants to own an NBA team.

Not just any NBA team.



I want to own a team.
I want to buy a team, for sure.
I want a team in Vegas. I want the team in Vegas.

Of course, there isn’t an NBA team in Las Vegas. But the city is mentioned most frequently behind Seattle in expansion rumors.

Whenever expansion comes.

That’s the toughest part of LeBron calling his shot like this – the timing. He’s ineligible to own a team while still playing. Once he retires, if another team comes up for sale, would he really wait to make a bid until a hypothetical Las Vegas franchise emerges?

Las Vegas is a glitzy market, and owning a team there sounds cool. But the practicalities of making it happen are challenging.

At least LeBron has two things working in his favor: He’s just 37, and he’s already rich.

(It’s been a long time since “just” preceded LeBron’s age, but that works when discussing billionaires rather than NBA players.)